Box Office Results for April 5, 2013


This weekend, the horror remake Evil Dead led a solid session thanks to a number one debut while holdovers G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Croods fared well giving the marketplace three films grossing north of $20M each.  Plus the 3D re-release of the dino-smash Jurassic Park also scored points with audiences driving the top ten to over $125M in ticket sales.  Ticket buyers also caught up on recent hits as four films in the top ten enjoyed low declines of 20-30%.


Sam Raimi scored his second number one hit of the year, this time as just producer, with the horror remake Evil Dead, which topped the box office this weekend with an opening of an estimated $26M.  Averaging a sizzling $8,595 from 3,025 theaters, the R-rated fright flick earned good reviews and capitalized on a built-in fan base of genre lovers who idolized the 1983 original which Raimi directed.  The filmmaker’s Oz the Great and Powerful ranked seventh and remains the highest-grossing film of the year.

The Evil Dead performance was driven by upfront business and all signs show that sales will drop sharply in the days and weeks ahead.  Friday kicked off with $11.9M in opening day business, which included $1.8M from shows starting at 10:00pm on Thursday night.  Saturday then tumbled a disturbing 26% while audiences gave the remake a lousy C+ grade from CinemaScore indicating low customer satisfaction.  Sony estimates that Sunday dipped 40% to $5.3M.  Studio research showed that 56% of the crowd was male while 56% was 25 and over.  Evil Dead was co-produced by FilmDistrict and Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures, while distribution was handled by Sony’s TriStar Pictures.

It bested the $21.7M opening of Texas Chainsaw from the first weekend of this year but did nearly match that film’s $8,193 average from about 400 fewer theaters.  But Evil Dead did not benefit from any 3D surcharges.  Evil Dead nearly matched the $28.4M opening of the PG-13 spookfest Mama from January, which remains the top horror opening of the year.


Two former number ones held up well and tied for second place with weekend estimates of $21.1M each.  Paramount, MGM, and Skydance’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation fell 48%, which was good for an action sequel raising the cume to $86.7M after 11.5 days.  The patriotic flick opened midweek taking opening day business off of Friday, but the Easter holidays helped pump up the Friday-to-Sunday opening frame so the decline was quite respectable given the way the film was launched.  Overseas markets grossed an estimated $40.2M boosting the international take to $145.2M and the worldwide tally up to $231.9M with China and Japan still to come.  Produced for $130M, Retaliation may find itself with global grosses of $450M or more easily beating the $302M of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra from 2009, which cost more to make.


Pulling in the same weekend gross, but with a slimmer 21% dip, was the animated hit The Croods from 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation.  The cave-people pic, still the only toon in town for families, lifted its cume to a stellar $125.8M after 17 days and is now on course to reach roughly $190M from North America.  If it continues to post strong holds – no new kidpics open this entire month – then it even has a shot at hitting the $200M mark.

The Croods is now playing out much like the leggy DreamWorks Animation hit How to Train Your Dragon from three years ago.  Opening weekends were $43.6 and $43.7M, respectively.  Second weekend declines were 39% and 34% and third weekend drops were 21% and 14%.  After the same number of days, The Croods is running less than 6% behind the $133.4M of How to Train Your Dragon, which eventually ended with $217.6M.  Worldwide, the pre-historic comedy has now amassed $332.6M, surpassing the $304M final of the last DreamWorks Animation title, Rise of the Guardians, on its way to the $500M mark and beyond.


The 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur mega-hit Jurassic Park found a sizable new audience grossing an estimated $18.2M from 2,771 theaters for a solid $6,585 average.  Compared to recent 3D upgrades, it was better than the $16.7M of September’s Finding Nemo and the $17.3M bow of Titanic from this same weekend last year, but below the $22.5M of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace from February 2012.  An amazingly high 32% ($6M+) of the weekend gross came from 312 IMAX screens.  Moviegoers felt this was an experience worth paying extra for.  Universal spent $10M to convert the film to 3D.

As a brand name, Spielberg remains popular with audiences continuing to pay to see his imaginative and thrilling adventures on the big screen.  Studio research showed that 55% of the audience was male and 54% was 25 and older.  Jurassic Park grossed $357.1M during its original run in 1993 and now stands at $375.3M lifetime putting it at number 20 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters.  The 3D re-release was also aimed at re-invigorating the Jurassic Park brand since the fourth chapter in the series will be shot soon for a summer release next year.  As with the last installment, Spielberg will produce but not direct.


Two spring hits tied for fifth place with $10M a piece, according to estimates.  The FilmDistrict and Nu Image actioner Olympus Has Fallen declined by an encouraging 29% in its third round pumping the cume up to a sturdy $71.1M.  Look for a final gross of more than $90M with an outside chance of even reaching $100M if positive buzz from action fans keeps spreading.  Next weekend will see no new action titles opening.  Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor fell by 54% in its second weekend, which was average for the filmmaker.  With $38.4M in ten days, Lionsgate and TPS could end up with around $55M.


Oz the Great and Powerful held up well in its fifth weekend grossing an estimated $8.2M, off just 30%, for a $212.8M cume to date for Disney.  With international markets kicking in an additional $13.6M, the worldwide total now stands at $454.1M as 2013’s top blockbuster.  The sci-fi flop The Host fell 51% in its sophomore round to an estimated $5.2M.  Open Road has collected $19.7M in ten days and will finish off with roughly $30M.


Female-driven movies The Call and Admission rounded out the top ten with estimated weekend takes of $3.5M and $2.1M, respectively.  The Halle Berry thriller dipped only 29% for a healthy $45.5M cume for Stage 6 and WWE while the Tina Fey dramedy declined by 37% giving Focus a lackluster $15.4M to date.


It was an active weekend in the specialty marketplace.  Danny Boyle’s new psychological crime thriller Trance debuted to sparkling results with an estimated $136,000 from only four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a potent $34,000 average.  Fox Searchlight goes nationwide into nearly 400 theaters on Friday.  Sony Classics opened Robert Redford’s newest film The Company You Keep in just five locations grossing an estimated $146,000 for a sturdy $29,200 average.  The Shia LaBeouf pic will take a slower path with another 25 sites next weekend, an additional 75 on April 19, and then nationwide on the 26th.


Focus and SKE enjoyed solid results for their second weekend expansion of the Ryan GoslingBradley Cooper starrer The Place Beyond the Pines, which went from four to 30 playdates collecting an estimated $695,000 this weekend for a encouraging $23,167 average.  Friday marks its national break with about 450 theaters in play.


The top ten films grossed an estimated $125.4M, which was up 9% from last year when Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games stayed at number one for the third time with $33.1M; and up 28% from 2011 when Illumination Entertainment’s Hop stayed in the top spot with $21.3M in its sophomore frame.

April 5, 2013 to April 7, 2013 Top Ten

Evil Dead teaser   G.I. Joe 2   The Croods   Jurassic Park 3D Credits   Olympus Has Fallen

Temptation   Oz the Great and Powerful   The Host   The Call   Admission

1.   Evil Dead

  • $26,000,000
  • a TriStar release (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • FilmDistrict and Ghost House Pictures

2.   G.I. Joe: Retaliation

3.   The Croods

4.   Jurassic Park 3D

5.   Olympus Has Fallen

6.   Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

7.   Oz the Great and Powerful

8.   The Host

9.   The Call

  • $3,500,000
  • a Stage 6 release (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • WWE Studios (WWE)

10. Admission

  • $2,054,000
  • Focus Features (NBCUniversal)


April 6, 2012 to April 8, 2012 Top Ten

The Hunger Games A   American Reunion   Titanic 3D   Wrath of the Titans   Mirror Mirror

21 Jump Street   The Lorax teaser   Salmon Fishing in the Yemen   John Carter   Safe House

1.   The Hunger Games

  • $33,500,000
  • Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment)

2.   American Reunion

3.   Titanic 3D

  • $17,350,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

4.   Wrath of the Titans

5.   Mirror Mirror

  • $11,000,000
  • Relativity Media (Relativity Media)

6.   21 Jump Street

  • $10,200,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings), and Relativity Media (Relativity Media)

7.   The Lorax

  • $5,015,000
  • Illumination Entertainment (NBCUniversal)

8.   Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

9.   John Carter

  • $820,000
  • Walt Disney Pictures (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

10. Safe House

  • $581,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media (Relativity Media)


April 8, 2011 to April 10, 2011 Top Ten

Hop   Arthur   Hanna   Soul Surfer   Insidious

Your Highness   Source Code   Limitless   Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2   The Lincoln Lawyer

1.   Hop

  • $21,696,000
  • Illumination Entertainment (NBCUniversal)

2.   Arthur

  • $12,605,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

3.   Hanna

  • $12,323,000
  • Focus Features (NBCUniversal)

4.   Soul Surfer

5.   Insidious

6.   Your Highness

  • $9,520,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal)

7.   Source Code

8.   Limitless

  • $5,692,000
  • Rogue (Relativity Media)

9.   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

10. The Lincoln Lawyer

~ by Matt Whitfield on April 9, 2013.

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